Sonnet 18 Analysis

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"Shall I compare thee to a summer 's day?” (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare inspired George Gordon into making his very own opening simile but instead of comparing his beauty to a summer’s day, he compares her to the night and starry skies. George Gordon was an English poet who wrote poetry in the early nineteenth century, which is now associated with the movement we now call “Romanticism.” George Gordon wrote this poem to emphasize how gorgeous this woman is. In the first two lines “She walks in beauty, like the night, Of cloudless climes and starry skies;” an unknown woman ‘walks in beauty’. It’s a very interesting way of saying that she 's beautiful. He describes her as a person who walks into beauty, as a living, breathing woman that is so incredibly beautiful. He then starts to compare this breathtaking beauty to the night but not any night but one that doesn 't have any clouds and lots of bright shimmering stars. The speaker reveals how she has a tremendously clear and lovely complexion by stating how the night was cloudless, but that also could refer to her personality as to how her conscience is as clear as a cloudless sky. The starry skies at the night and the bright stars relives the darkness of the night, and that is the first hint of a contrast between dark and light in the poem. “And all that 's best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her eyes:” In those lines, the speaker repeats the contrast between darkness and light in line three. This beauty is
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